What Are Some Popular Vacation Destinations in the Cape Verde Islands?


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Popular vacation destinations in the Cape Verde (or Cabo Verde) islands include the beaches of Santa Maria on Sal, the town of Sal Rei on Boa Vista and the islands of Santo Antao and Santiago. Santiago is famous as Darwin's landfall on his voyage aboard the Beagle.

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The island of Sal is considered the sunniest island, with an average 350 days of sunshine every year. It is by far one of the most popular of the Cape Verde islands, owing largely to its international airport. In the island's capital, Espargos, tourists can also find all the amenities they might need in addition to the airport itself, including medical facilities, postal services, Internet cafes, supermarkets and banks. Another popular destination on Sal is the city of Palmeira and to the north are the marine environments of Olho Azul, a popular destination for divers.

The coastal city of Santa Maria is perhaps the most popular destination on Sal, owing to its long, spacious beaches and ideal surfing conditions.

Another popular destination for water sports is the island of Boa Vista. Here, divers can explore reefs and marine wildlife. Highlights include octopuses, spiny sea stars, bearded sea cucumbers and various kinds of turtles. Divers can also observe stingrays, barracudas and sharks.

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